Feeling down? Upset? Emotional? Good, you’re in the perfect place to make something amazing.
Everyone goes through tough emotional times. Quite often they are pretty miserable and seem endless, not to mention pointless. Strangely, when I find myself down or depressed this is when I create some of my best stuff.
Being a chronic optimist, I like to think of trying times as being a kind of defibrillator for creativity. Emotional pain can be seen as a boost of emotional activity in your body. All that extra emotional energy surging in your body needs a release, otherwise it will eat away at you. If you can force yourself to sit down and get to work with something artistic you can produce things you would never conceive when your logical brain is in the driving seat. I also find the process must primarily involve the emotional side of the brain – trying to solve physics problems or debug programming code seems to require too much logic to be of use. But, maybe I’m just not good enough at those things!
Rougher brush strokes, abrasive sounds, gorgeous chord progressions, delicate textures – these are the things that emotional energy creates best. It’s great to think that you can distill some of how you feel into a piece of art that means something to you. Here’s one I made earlier…
So, next time you’re in an emotional whirlwind, dont mope around feeling sorry for yourself. Get out your paintbrushes, pencils and synthesizers and use them to whip up a creative hurricane. Feel free to send us something you’ve made during those turbulent times 🙂